Chinese wisdom foresees an application that is first of all social, and then personal, of the universal pair 'Heaven-Earth' (Tien-Ti) and thereby a conformity with the 'Ineffable' (Wu-Ming) from which this pair proceeds. The point of junction between Confucianism and Taoism is in the virtues. Confucianism envisages their social and human value and Taoism their intrinsic and spiritual quality. Man is the place where Earth and Heaven meet. Egoism must be extinguished between devotion and duty.

Frithjof Schuon (Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts)



If a Taoist master could say that "only error is transmitted," it is because there is an inverse relationship between "idea" and "reality," the "thought" and the "lived," the "conceived" and the "realized."

Frithjof Schuon, Language of the Self.


Errors cannot but exist so long as their merely relative possibility has not been exhausted: "When the inferior man hears about the Tao, he laughs at it; it would not be the Tao if he did not laugh at it. . . . The self-evidence of the Tao is taken for darkness." (Tao Te Ching, XLI)

Frithjof Schuon, Treasures of Buddhism


A Far Eastern painter is a contemplative, and for him the world is as if it were made of snowflakes, quickly crystallized and soon dissolved. Since he is never unconscious of the non-manifested, the least solidified physical conditions are for him the nearer to the Reality underlying all phenomena: hence the subtle observation of atmosphere that we admire in Chinese paintings in ink and wash.
Titus Burckhardt, Sacred Art East and West.